Colorado Senator-Elect Mitchell and Professor Collins Discuss TABOR

December 2, 2004

On Thursday, December 2, 2004, Colorado State Representative and Senator-Elect Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) visited the law school. He first addressed Professor Richard Collins' Colorado Government class concerning his thoughts on the Colorado Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR). Professor Collins asked Mr. Mitchell to discuss whether an amendment to TABOR is needed, and if so in what form. Mr. Mitchell argued that TABOR has wored well up to the present, but that some cure for the ratchet effect on state finances is needed going forward. After engageing in lively debate with several members of the class on various TABOR provisions, Senator-Elect Mitchell proceeded to a lunchtime brown bag sponsored by the student Federalist Society. At the well-attended brown bag, Senator-elect Mitchell discussed TABOR's effects on higher education in Colorado, again engaging in interesting debate with a number of the students in attendance. Professor Collins provided commentary following the presentation.